A note to the anxious pregnant person just starting their Hypnobabies journey and wondering if they are doing it "right" and if it will work for them...
A common question we get from expectant parents, especially those with a higher level of anxiety about pregnancy and birth, is wondering if they are "doing" their hypnosis tracks right, especially at the beginning when they can't tell if it's "working." Sometimes they listen to a track and it's a wonderful, relaxing experience, and sometimes no matter what the anxiety and negative thoughts win and the track doesn't help them relax in that moment. Here's my answer to this common question!
Two Twin Cities families share why they decided to take the full six-week Hypnobabies live class for a second time after having such a great experience with an earlier pregnancy and birth!
by Anne Ferguson
I had the honor of having two repeat couples in my Fall 2018 classes. There was so much value in having these folks present for the first-time parents in the class. Of course I know how well Hypnobabies works, but it is even more powerful when families can tell their own stories and expectant parents see that these students loved Hypnobabies so much last time, they decided to invest the time and money to come back to class again!
I asked these repeat families to answer a few questions to help others who may be considering taking Hypnobabies a second (or third or fourth!) time. Enjoy their answers below...
by Anne Ferguson
In 2014 I wrote this article about the three steps to having a natural/low-intervention birth in the Twin Cities. The steps are:
1. Assemble Your Team
2. Prepare your mind
3. Prepare your body
Today I want to share my thoughts on one component of this process that is sometimes overlooked or minimized. The secret is...CONFIDENCE.
Recently a doula client/Hypnobabies student of mine had a birth (with her first baby) that was so fast (8 hours) and straightforward that they barely made it to the birth center and most of their birth support team didn't make it there before baby arrived. (Read the story here.) She asked me afterwards why I thought her birth went so well. And my answer was "confidence." This family choose to birth at a free-standing birth center where pain medication like epidurals are not available. When families choose to birth at home or a free-standing birth center, they *believe* they CAN birth without medications. And often, that is exactly what they do!
by Anne Ferguson and Aileen Larson
This past weekend we spent the morning at a lovely event here in Minneapolis called Bellyrama. The event included yoga, music, vendors, community, and so many gorgeous little ones and pregnant bellies! As we chatted with people coming by our booth we heard from a lot of families who did HypnoBirthing with their last baby and were curious to learn more about Hypnobabies. So we thought it would be helpful to share our thoughts to a larger audience who may have this same question: What is the difference between the two programs?
(Note: There are more than two hypnosis for birth options out there but these two are the most prevalent options in the Twin Cities.)
I read the HypnoBirthing took and listened to the Rainbow Relaxation CD when I was pregnant with my second son nearly nine years ago. I really enjoyed it and did call on it a bit during my birth but beyond that it didn't have a huge impact on my experience. And it was nothing like what I've since seen as a Hypnobabies doula.
by Anne Ferguson
New doulas, or any doula who is unfamiliar with Hypnobabies, may wonder how they can get up to speed on Hypnobabies to best support clients who select this type of childbirth education. Read on for a quick guide to getting started as a Hypno-Doula!
We know you will LOVE supporting Hypnobabies families because it makes your job easier. The comprehensive nature of the course means you'll have less to cover and teach clients at prenatals and the amazing tools that Hypnobabies provides for families means easier births for all involved. Students are so empowered after finishing the course and once a doula has seen her first Hypnobabies birth she is hooked!
by: Anne Ferguson
So you're having a baby and considering what type of childbirth education class to take. There are so many options! They can be categorized primarily into two groups: Hospital classes and out-of-hospital classes. Hospital classes tend to emphasize what to expect as a patient, what medication options are available, perhaps a little about breathing techniques and the stages of labor, and usually include a tour of the hospital. If the hospital has a high epidural and cesarean rate, the focus will likely be on what to expect around the type of birth that hospital does most often. Little may be taught about normal, unmedicated birth and all the techniques out there to support a family striving for this type of experience.
Hello! My name is Laura Hanstad and I am a certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor (HCHI), a registered Hypno-Doula (HCHD) and a Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist serving the Twin Cities.
I am lucky that I found Hypnobabies at the beginning of my journey into the birth world in July 2012. I specialized as a Hypno-Doula from the beginning as I saw how much more educated families were in their birthing options and that they could have a more positive pregnancy and birth experience. I have worked
By Anne Ferguson, HCHI, CD(DONA), APPAC
Just last month (June 2015) Hypnobabies launched a brand new course update and it is amazing. They’ve been working on this for a couple of years and the changes are extensive. New students will reap so many benefits from these new materials and hypnosis tracks. Past students are strongly encouraged to take the full class again or order the new home study when it is released (we expect that to be August) so you can experience all these wonderful updates yourself!
And now, the top ten reasons we love the new course...
Hypnobabies is of course primarily about preparing for an easier and more comfortable birth. But, hypnosis is general has innumerable uses and we asked local hypno-moms to share the other ways they were able to use their Hypnobabies tools besides for birth itself. Some of these are pretty amazing! Enjoy!
"I used in at the dentist when having cavity filed. Also good for me at chiropractor office as it is so much easier to be adjusted when relaxed."
"I had an endoscopy with no meds!"
"I use it all the time... before a blood draw, before a pelvic exam, when I am having monthly cramps, and pretty much anytime I'm hurting."
"I used it while having a gallbladder attack (I didn't know that's what it was) but the ER doctor was surprised I wasn't showing a lot of pain for having as many gallstones and as big of gallstones as there was. It was great! I love Hypnobabies!"
We're kicking off a new series of articles to help prospective students get to know our local Hypnobabies Twin Cities Instructors. Enjoy!
Hi- I'm Anne Ferguson. I'm a certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor, a certified birth doula through DONA International, a La Leche League Leader (breastfeeding support) and a placenta arts specialist (soon to be certified through APPA.)
I decided to become a Hypnobabies instructor in the fall of 2011. I knew I want to be a childbirth educator when I became a birth doula in the spring of 2011, but I didn't know which method I wanted to teach. I had audited a Bradley class and wanted to check out some other options. A colleague told me how wonderful Hypnobabies was and I decided to check it out. That night, I went home and they had just announced their next instructor training that day, which was to take place the following spring. I took that has a sign from the universe that this was meant to be!